Samoa has surf all year, generally divided into the two seasons of South and North swells.
The consistent South swells, generated by the winter storms deep in the Southern Pacific Basin, typically occur from April to early November (the southern hemisphere autumn, winter and spring), but can happen at any time of the year. South-East trade winds blow intermittently from around May to October, and are most frequent from June to September, but even in these months, conditions are typically calm and glassy in the morning and often in the late afternoon as well.
From November to early April, North swells arrive from the tropical storms and hurricanes of the North Pacific, often the same swells that have already hit Hawaii’s North Shore. Quality Southern swells are also common during this period, generated by regional cyclones in the mid-Pacific. In these months, the winds are predominantly North to North-West, with occasional South-East sea breezes.
In the shoulder season months of February-April and October-November, the perfect combination of swell and weather conditions can occur.
Water temperatures are warm all year round, averaging 24-28°C (80-85°F). On Sundays surfing is only permitted at certain breaks.
Waves in Samoa can be very powerful, and often break over shallow coral reefs – it’s a destination for experienced surfers only.
Upolu island gets swells from every direction, with Southern swells being most consistent.
Salani Right and Salani Left lie directly in front of the Salani Surf Resort, off the reef pass created by the river.
The right is a shorter, very powerful wave producing open tubes.
The left is a longer wave with some open face sections that requires calm conditions with good swell. Both are reached by a short boat ride.
Other South coast breaks are accessible by boat or land transfers.
Coconuts: fast, very hollow, right-hand wave that can handle swells up to 10ft – boat access only.
Siumu Inside: short, wally left hander.
Siumu Outside: longer, hollower left hander.
Boulders: super strong, left-hand point break that works with swells up to 15ft.
The Island: long, fast, powerful left-hand barrel that can hold a 15ft swell. Consistent reef break that works with a South or South-East Trade wind. Boat access only.
Tiávea: rugged right-hander gives a long, tubular ride; fast shallow left on the other side.
Fagaloa Bay: has a number of right hand point breaks.
Plum Pudding: short, sweet right-hand wave.
The quality of many breaks on Savaii depends greatly on swell direction, as swells can be hitting from virtually any point of the compass. Winds are variable, and tides are also a factor. Aganoa Lodge has years of experience and will ensure you’ll surf the best waves possible during your holiday.
South Coast Breaks
Coconut Grove: Solid left-hand barrel.
Fale’ Right: Short right.
Middles: Very consistent A-frame peak.
Aganoa Right: Consistent sucky barrel.
Aganoa Left: Backdoor barrel.
The Point: Long down-the-line left.
North Coast Breaks
AB’s: Long walled mellow right.
Blue Pools: Perfect left on big swells.
Cookie Monster: Sunset style peak right-hander for big swells.
Dougie Walters Stand: Long walled left.
Pastor Point: Fun workable right.
Pau Pau’s Left & Right: Pair of peaks.
Super Sucks: Hollow right.
Turtles: Consistent, easy long-walled left.
Whiterocks: Left-hander that works well at 4 – 6ft on a big swell.